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Did you know? — “Berkeley Time”

Did you know that, at Berkeley, classes start 10 minutes after their scheduled times?

Known as “Berkeley time,” this time serves as a buffer zone for students with back-to-back classes.

For example, if your schedule says you have

Class A from 9:00–11:30AM
Class B from 11:30AM–2:00PM

don’t worry!

Class A will start at 9:10 and end at 11:30, and
Class B will start at 11:40 and end at 2:00,
giving you 10 minutes to travel from class A to B.

Similarly, if your schedule says you have

Class B from 11:30AM–2:00PM
Class C from 2:00–4:30PM,

Class C will not start until 2:10, so you can in fact take those two classes back to back.

Why do some ESL courses have a high enrollment cap? Multi-level sections- that’s why!

Many of our courses have multiple sections in order to allow us to provide you instruction at just the right level for your english skills.

Most sections are capped at 18 students.  The only exception is the ESL 7 series, which will be capped at 25 students.

So, if you see a course in the Academic Guide that has a cap of 36, 54, or 72, do not fear!  All students will enroll in one section (section 1, meeting in 119 Wheeler Hall) of the course during registration, but the individual sections of the classes will still be small.

This larger number means that we will be offering multiple levels and that we will place you into a level based on your placement exam results.  You will get a small class and level-specific instruction.

See our courses list.

And register via Summer Sessions.